This Guy Proposed To His Girlfriend With A Worldwide Scavenger Hunt

This Guy Proposed To His Girlfriend With A Worldwide Scavenger Hunt

Twenty-three days, four countries, and one adorable couple.

1. Brett Arnold, 30, and Amy Linville, 28, have been together eight years and love to travel. And when Arnold, a project manager, decided to propose to Linville, an instructional designer at a college, he went all out. Like ALL OUT, all out.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

2. The day after his girlfriend graduated on Dec. 12, Arnold surprised her with a scavenger hunt around their Colorado neighborhood, Linville told BuzzFeed Life.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

“My final clue on that day was to hike to the top of a mountain in our neighborhood; it happened to be a snowstorm with white-out conditions — perfect.”

3. “When I reached the top there was a bag with a clue inside that said, ‘Pack your shit. You leave at 7 a.m.,'” she said.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

4. Linville said she expected Arnold to jump out with a “Gotcha!” at any moment, but she arrived home to find her travel backpack waiting for her. In it was a one-way ticket to Tokyo, a Japan Rail Pass, and a map to a friend’s place for when she arrived.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

Arnold told her she would be embarking on a world scavenger hunt for her graduation gift and Tokyo was the first stop.

“I STILL did not believe him,” Linville said. “No way…I had work, Christmas parties, plans…what about my plans?! Later I would find out that he contacted my boss months ago to arrange it and had let everyone know that I would not be making any appearances at Christmas parties.”

5. After arriving at their friend Mike’s apartment in Roppongi, Tokyo, Linville found her next clue on the fridge.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

“There are no words to explain what I was thinking or feeling,” Linville said. “It was too surreal.”

6. Arnold had roped in another childhood friend of Linville’s, Kassie, who lives in Okinawa with her husband, to give Linville Clue no. 8. The two women hadn’t seen each other in years.

“I was in Japan for about seven days,” Linville said. “I traveled on the speed train, played with snow monkeys in Jigokudani, did a Santa pub crawl, sang karaoke with some German girls I met, ate lots of sushi, felt my first earthquake, and had an absolute blast.”

Courtesy of Amy Linville

8. Next, Linville was off to Barcelona, where she had to grab Clue no. 9 at Casa Bar Pepe. When she got there, she realized the bar was closed for the whole week around Christmas.

“Brett was a little upset about this one; he had overnighted the clue to the bar owner, and the bar owner said he would definitely be open,” Linville said.

Arnold ended up emailing her the clue, which led her to San Sebastian.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

10. “In San Sebastian, Brett put me up in the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen: Hotel Mercure Monte Igueldo. I was instructed that a clue would be delivered to my room on Christmas Day at 3 p.m.”

The clue arrived as promised, with instructions to hike up a peninsula across the bay from the hotel and find the overlook in this picture:

Courtesy of Amy Linville

12. Linville said she was slow going that day, feeling a “little depressed” to be alone on Christmas.

“I know, I know…I should have been jumping for joy to be traveling around the world, and I was, but this day I was little sad,” she said. “I knew Brett was back home celebrating with family; he had been texting me and FaceTiming me so I thought there was no way he would be joining me.”

13. After hiking up the peninsula, Linville discovered about four overlooks that looked identical to the one in the photo.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

“It was raining, cold, and starting to get dark. I was scouring park benches looking for my next clue and thought I should turn back and try again the next day, when I ran into a Spanish man who knew the spot where the photo was taken,” she recalled.

14. The man led her to a cliff and pointed her to the spot. As she hiked down the last few steps, she realized her boyfriend was there with her, hiking up at the same time.

“I was completely shocked,” she said. “He had really thrown me off that day! I asked him if there was still a clue or if he was my clue … He said, ‘Actually, I have it right here…'”

15. That’s when Arnold pulled an engagement ring out of his pocket and proposed.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

“He asked me if I was willing to go on another adventure with him…and I said, ‘Of course!’” Linville said.

16. Arnold had brought champagne but had forgotten to bring glasses, so the couple took turns swigging it from the bottle before hiking back down, hand in hand.

Courtesy of Amy Linville

Linville told BuzzFeed Life that Arnold had actually been planning to propose in this way for about four years, but started booking everything about eight months before her graduation. The couple will be married in Fort Lauderdale this October.

17. “Our love for travel runs deep, as you can tell from this engagement story!” Linville said. “He is my biggest fan, my travel partner, my compass.”

Courtesy of Amy Linville

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I often hear people say that you can only blame your parents for your “issues” as an adult for so long. And that’s fair enough, but what if we could raise a generation of kids that don’t need to blame anyone for anything? Conscious parenting isn’t some abstract concept.

The statistics beginning at 4:00 should concern us enough to make changes. If you want to know the one reason we hurt our children, listen to her explain it at 6:54. And if you’re curious about how we define worth and value in our society, stick around until 9:10.

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Here’s What You Want in iPhone 5


We asked Mashable readers yesterday what they want to see in the iPhone 5, which Apple is just a few hours away from unveiling. We got more than 100 responses on our post and on Facebook, and we can definitely say expectations are high, not to mention plentiful! Here are the main trends.

Better Battery: Far and away the most common request was for more battery life. It’s understandable — if you use your iPhone 4S often during the day, you probably find that it’s running on empty before dinner hour (I know I do). Anything Apple can do to extend the iPhone’s battery is welcome, obviously, but it’s going to be a challenge if it wants to include power-hungry features like LTE connectivity (another top-demanded feature) while shrinking the casing. We’ll see.

Bigger Screen: There was lots of discussion about a larger screen. Android phones have made big-screen cellphones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S III) the norm, and Apple is rumored to catch up with the iPhone 5. But will it be enough to satisfy? Reports and leaks point to a 4-inch screen, which is a jump from the current 3.5-inch iPhone display, but still below average for smartphones today.

NFC: It’s a tad surprising to see so many commenters clamoring for near-field communication (NFC), the short-range wireless tech that enables mobile payments and effortless “one tap” pairing of other devices. We didn’t realize so many people use (or want to use) NFC, and since Apple is rumored to be skipping it this time around, there may be some disappointment.

Commenter Patrick Farrell had a thoughtful and detailed list of features he’d like to see. Among them: infrared and radio-frequency abilities so the iPhone can act as a universal TV remote, wireless charging and the ability to use AirPlay between iOS devices. We like his ideas, particularly the suggestion of adding improved Wi-Fi so the iPhone can use the 5.0GHz band (part of the 802.11n standard), as Amazon has done with it’s Kindle Fires — that would improve overall data speed over Wi-Fi. We can hope.

A few commenters focused on the camera, though the requests were typically general improvements with more megapixels and less blur in low light. Perhaps Apple will take a cue from Nokia, who touted the camera abilities in its recently unveiled Lumia 920, although the company subsequently got into trouble over faking the pics. Apple tends to be a little behind in cameraphone tech, but perhaps the iPhone 5 will see it catch up again.

Rounding out the many requests: Siri integration in the U.K., improved Bluetooth pairing, a quad-core processor, a BlackBerry-like LED to let users know there’s a message waiting (unlikely), a more durable screen and better inter-app communication in iOS 6.

Finally, there are the super-unrealistic or just-for-laughs features, such as:

  • Solar panel

  • 24-inch virtual screen, and a full-size virtual keyboard

  • Wall projector

  • Alien technology

  • Self-destruct ability

  • A device for Samsung to copy in coming months

  • Must run Crysis

  • Less narcissism

We’ll let commenter Ryan Duwe have the last word: “What do I want to see in the iPhone 5? The iPhone 6.”

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Supreme Court Clears the Way for Bulk of Obama's Global Warming Regulations

Supreme Court Clears the Way for Bulk of Obama’s Global Warming Regulations


Justice Antonin Scalia speaking at a gathering of the Northern Virginia Technology Council in McLean, Va., last year.
Image: Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

The Supreme Court on Monday put some limits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark 2011 regulations aimed at cutting emissions of greenhouse gases from stationary sources like factories. But seven justices agreed to leave the vast majority of the far-reaching program intact, thereby leaving the path toward new emissions regulations unimpeded.

The decision is noteworthy for reaching a compromise between striking down the EPA’s global warming program, which is a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s plan to meet domestic and international climate goals, and upholding it entirely.

Here are the top takeaways from the new decision:

  • First, this decision does not affect the proposed greenhouse gas emissions cuts from existing power plants that the Obama administration rolled out on June 2. Instead, it deals with prior regulations issued for new motor vehicles and some stationary sources, like factories and power plants.

  • In addition, the decision in this case only slightly undercuts the EPA’s existing greenhouse gas emissions regulations, leaving the majority of the existing programs intact.

  • Now for the nitty-gritty details:

    The case, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, centers on how the EPA applied the 1970 Clean Air Act’s provisions when it moved in 2011 to control greenhouse gas emissions from stationary and mobile sources, such as power plants and vehicles. The majority of the court held that the agency had overstepped its bounds in how it interpreted the Clean Air Act, saying that it had essentially rewritten the law.

    The majority decision, written by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, affirmed the agency’s right to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, something the Supreme Court itself had cleared a path for in Massachusetts v. EPA in 2007, but held that the EPA went too far in how it shaped its rule.

    The EPA had argued that were it to implement the Clean Air Act exactly as it was written, it would mean that tens of thousands of small emitters, including homes and small businesses, would be subject to emissions limits. To avoid this massive expansion in the agency’s reach across the U.S. economy, the EPA decided to apply the greenhouse gas limits under the Clean Air Act only to larger stationary sources, essentially redefining part of the act.

    The agency did this through a so-called tailoring rule that set a new emissions threshold that would trigger greenhouse gas emissions regulations from facilities not already subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.

    The Clean Air Act requires permits for sources that have the potential to emit more than 100 to 250 tons of a given pollutant per year, but the tailoring rule that the EPA wrote set a new threshold of 100,000 tons per year for greenhouse gases. The court rejected this change, as Scalia wrote that only Congress can change the threshold:

    “In the Tailoring Rule, EPA asserts newfound authority to regulate millions of small sources—including retail stores, offices, apartment buildings, shopping centers, schools, and churches—and to decide, on an ongoing basis and without regard for the thresholds prescribed by Congress, how many of those sources to regulate. We are not willing to stand on the dock and wave goodbye as EPA embarks on this multiyear voyage of discovery.”

    This part of the decision was backed by a 5-to-4 vote that overturned an appeals court decision, with the court’s four liberal justices dissenting. They argued that the EPA’s tailoring rule was a reasonable action taken to avoid overly burdensome and far-reaching regulations.

    May Temperatures

    Global average surface temperature departures from average during May, 2014. Increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in the air are causing global warming.

    Image: NOAA

    But here’s the really important part: By a 7-to-2 vote, the court allowed the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases from sources that would already need permits based on their emissions of conventional pollutants. These sources represent the vast majority of facilities that are covered by the regulations. This part of the opinion drew support from the court’s four liberal justices, as well as Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    As a result, the EPA will be permitted to regulate pollution sources that account for 83% of the greenhouse gases coming from stationary sources in the U.S., a slight reduction from the 86% that would have been regulated had the court upheld the entirety of the regulations.

    The EPA issued a statement that called the decision a “win.”

    “Today, the Supreme Court largely upheld EPA’s approach to focusing Clean Air Act permits on only the largest stationary sources of greenhouse gases such as power plants, refineries, and other types of industrial facilities,” the EPA said. “The Supreme Court’s decision is a win for our efforts to reduce carbon pollution because it allows EPA, states and other permitting authorities to continue to require carbon pollution limits in permits for the largest pollution sources.”

    Outside observers said the court succeeded in finding a compromise that provided a small victory to the utility companies that oppose the regulations, while also giving the rules’ supporters a victory as well.

    “Scalia split the baby, allowing EPA to regulate big operations but preventing a great expansion in EPA authority that nobody truly wanted,” said Tim Profeta, president of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, in a statement.

    Robert B. McKinstry Jr., a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, told Mashable in an interview that the decision won’t hamstring the EPA’s ability to rein in emissions that are causing global warming. “In terms of what the EPA is doing, the impact of this decision is I would say very little,” he says. “EPA’s program, in this decision, emerges intact.”

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    • It’s not all too often a truly ironic event takes place, so we’ll have to thank television star Judge Joe Brown for this one. According to WKYC the judge was held in contempt of court. “Brown became verbally abusive with a judge while he was representing a client in a child support case.”

    • According to CTV News, a new study by researchers at the University of California in San Francisco found that e-cigarette smokers were just as unlikely to stop smoking as regular smokers.

    • South Korean company CJ Group is bringing its 4DX cinema technology to Regal Cinema in downtown Los Angeles, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

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